Sunday, December 28, 2014

Does Metro Want Men To Cross Their Legs While Riding The Gold Line?

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This one would have to be considered quite unbelievable under normal circumstances, except that you should never see it like that. There is very little in this world that is not believable if you think about it, and what some people feel are normal circumstances are more often than not just coincidence. You really do need to keep an open mind to stupidity in this life, and the vacuous output of large government bureaucracies in particular. They are all around us these days, and you got to keep an eye out. Oh, and your wallet safely in your front pocket as well.

Metro, the vast transportation bureaucracy that likes to claim it keeps the trains and buses running on time, is also amongst those unhinged protean forces pushing for the 710 Tunnel. And like so many of that ilk they are beholden to nobody but the big moneyed interests whose favor they work so very hard to win. Both from here and abroad. They're really not all that different from many politicians in that regard. They will happily sell you out in a heartbeat if it furthers their financial agenda.

Average citizens, whose tax money sustains these folks in their well-salaried and comfortably pensioned careers, are considered to be little more than a marketing problem. Which is why Metro maintains its own information and news compendium called The Source. Here you can find daily evidence of just how Metro views the world, along with its very important place in it. It's all very self-celebratory stuff.

Which is where I found the following story. Titled "A scourge is spreading! MTA’s cure: Dude, close your legs," it deals with something that has become known as "man-spreading." Here is how Metro gets their crazy going (link and scroll down):

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In the wake of Johnny T’s viral video on proper etiquette on the New York City Subway (warning: some mildly offensive language, etc.), the NYT runs on a story on man-spreading and has a simply awesome video interview with Johnny T, who happens to be a puppet. 

The article looks at those who are pushing back against men who feel the need to treat the subway as if it’s their couch and/or lounge chair and/or ManCave. That list includes the New York MTA, which has debuted a new poster.

The video that Metro is gushing about, mildly raunchy language and all, can be linked to by clicking here. But a more interesting version is found here.

This is a portion of the New York Times article Metro cites so reverentially (link):

It is the bane of many female subway riders. It is a scourge tracked on blogs and on Twitter. And it has a name almost as distasteful as the practice itself. It is man-spreading, the lay-it-all-out sitting style that more than a few men see as their inalienable underground right.

Now passengers who consider such inelegant male posture as infringing on their sensibilities — not to mention their share of subway space — have a new ally: the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

Taking on manspreading for the first time, the authority is set to unveil public service ads that encourage men to share a little less of themselves in the city’s ever-crowded subways cars.

Riding the F train from Brooklyn to Manhattan on a recent afternoon, Fabio Panceiro, 20, was unapologetic about sitting with his legs spread apart. “I’m not going to cross my legs like ladies do,” he said. “I’m going to sit how I want to sit.”

And what if Mr. Panceiro, an administrative assistant from Los Angeles, saw posters on the train asking him to close his legs? “I’d just laugh at the ad and hope that someone graffitis over it,” he said.

For Kelley Rae O’Donnell, an actress who confronts man-spreaders and tweets photos of them, her solitary shaming campaign now has the high-powered help of the transportation authority, whose ads will be plastered inside subway cars.

“It drives me crazy,” she said of men who spread their legs. “I find myself glaring at them because it just seems so inconsiderate in this really crowded city.”

When Ms. O’Donnell, who lives in Brooklyn and is in her 30s, asks men to move, she said, they rarely seem chastened: “I usually get grumbling or a complete refusal.”

Here is the thing. Having lived and worked in New York City for more than a few years I know how crowded and unpleasant subway commuting can be. They're generally awful places, and much of my distaste for public transportation comes from years of having to put up with such misery. When I moved out here I gladly bought a car and never once looked back.

I know that in Los Angeles things like the Gold Line are often talked about like they are the second coming, especially by Metro. But it isn't the case. They're just small uncomfortable trains with extremely limited and largely inconvenient routes.

So here's the good news. Since the Gold Line (or 210 Trolly as I often call it) doesn't go anywhere very useful except perhaps downtown Los Angeles, not that many people ride it. Sometimes you can get a trolly car almost to yourself. You can freely stretch out on those small and quite hard plastic seats and at least attempt to get comfortable.

Which is why I cannot understand what Metro is getting all excited about. Train crowding is generally not that much of a problem here. Besides, riding public transportation is degrading enough already without some angry emasculating jerk with a digital camera and a Twitter account telling you to cross your legs. Or else.

Like I said, you have to keep an open mind to the madness. There is just so much of it around.

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33 comments:

  1. Just another attack on the American male. I'm so glad I don't live in Cali anymore

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    1. The story is about the New York MTA. Perhaps you should move there if you need to feel attacked. Nobody from California calls this place Cali.I hear Frisco is nice.

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    2. So You Know -- The article is based on a Metro Los Angeles post. And they are very excited about curbing man-spreading here as well.

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    3. 7:21 I call it Cali. It's a very popular name used by Cali refugees.

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    4. I think 7:21 enjoys jumping to conclusions instead of reading the article and finding out the facts. Is she related to Nancy Walsh?

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  2. Sounds like they have a lot to do at the Metro offices.

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    1. Your tax dollars at work.

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  4. I'm from the midwest we don't call it manspreading we call it airing 'em out?

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    1. Men who cross their legs have nothing to hide.

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    2. I assume this is different than " freeballing" ?

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    3. What if a man spreading passenger is going Comanche?

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  5. Breitbart goes off on this:

    The manspreading complaint is couched as a response to “rudeness” by men, but it is no such thing: it is pathetic feminist pipsqueakery, the last dying gasp of a movement with nothing to win and nothing to say, determined to abuse and antagonise the male sex at all costs and for whatever perceived or outright imaginary infraction it can conjure from the vicissitudes of everyday life. It is offensively trivial, and those associated with it ought to be ashamed … Such people include the author of a New York Times story on this otiose playground jihad against men, and the subway officials who endorsed a poster campaign warning men of the social anxiety caused by their choice of sitting position. Not a word about those shopping bags, or–the real irritant for me, on the rare occasion I take the Tube–stilettoes digging into the back of my heels and capacious handbags clogging the gangways.

    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2014/12/22/what-is-manspreading-and-why-are-people-angry-about-it/

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  6. Has it occurred to Metro to just make the seats bigger?

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  7. This needs to be agendized for a future City Council meeting.

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    1. We need to hire a consultant. $50,000 or more should do it.

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    2. I don't think anyone on the city council man spreads. I'm not sure about staff, though.

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  8. LA Times: NYC takes on 'man spread' and other rude subway habits; L.A. should too
    http://www.latimes.com/opinion/opinion-la/la-ol-rude-subway-20141120-story.html

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    1. My solution to manspreading is to not ride on anything Metro. If I take my car I can sit anyway I like.

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    2. Ever try to drive a car with your legs crossed? It isn't easy. The automotive equivalent of riding sidesaddle.

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  9. Nobody complained about Sharon Stone! This is a case of gender bias if I ever saw one.

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    1. I agree. Women should be allowed to "womanspread", especially if wearing skirts.

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    2. If that is what it takes to get comfortable on the Metro, then go for it.

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  10. Can I please have my 5 minutes back of my life after wasting it on such garbage, come on John, wtf? Really?

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    1. You don't read the New York Times?

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    2. 12:42, such a potty mouth.

      My kudos to The Tattler for reporting on an issue important enough to be addressedby BOTH NYC and LA Metro authorities.

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    3. My guess is 12:42 is suffering from a post holiday slump.

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    4. The holidays can be emotionally draining.

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  11. No, 12:42 pm, you can't have your 5 minutes back. If you were foolish to continue reading after the first paragraph you deserve to lose your time. Did you think you were being witty or urbane to comment, insinuating that the topic was too far beneath your usual more intellectual pursuits? Nah. You're just a dweeb.

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    1. I think we can give 12:42 back a minute and thirty seconds. But only if it is used too reflect on the error of her ways.

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    2. Well played, 5:39, well played indeed. You win this time.

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  12. I have been commuting on the Gold Line since it opened. This subject is not an issue.

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